Cops smash ‘Geng Subuh’ prey­ing on wor­ship­pers

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

YAN: They go to the mosque on the pre­text of per­form­ing the Subuh prayers, but the real in­ten­tion of the “Gang Subuh” mem­bers is to look out for their next prey.

A gang of six from Sun­gai Pe­tani, com­pris­ing four men and two women, aged be­tween 19 and 41, will break into cars and steal valu­ables from the ve­hi­cles while the own­ers are per­form­ing their prayers.

It is be­lieved that the gang would usu­ally strike be­tween 5.30am and 6.30am and would use crushed ceramic from spark plugs, which they spit on and throw at the side win­dows to cre­ate cracks on the glass.

They then smash the glass and loot the valu­ables from in­side the cars.

The mem­bers have been ac­tive for about nine months but their ac­tiv­i­ties came to an end af­ter po­lice, who set up a task force, de­tained three of its mem­bers, in­clud­ing the mas­ter­mind, who is a 33­year­old drug ad­dict.

The man was picked up from a rented house in Jalan Kuala Ketil, Sun­gai Pe­tani at about 8pm on March 11.

Yan dis­trict po­lice chief Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Muhamad Halim Ya­tim said yes­ter­day that about half an hour af­ter the three were ar­rested, po­lice man­aged to nab the other three mem­bers when they came over to the house.

DSP Muhamad Halim said with the ar­rest of the group mem­bers, po­lice man­aged to solve four cases at mosques in Yan.

DSP Muhamad Halim also said the ar­rests were made fol­low­ing a po­lice re­port lodged by a 62­year­old re­tired teacher, who lost RM3,000 worth of valu­ables in­clud­ing his wal­let on March 11, when his car which was parked at a mosque com­pound, was bro­ken into.

“The po­lice checked CCTV record­ings at the mosque’s premises, which led to the ar­rest of the sus­pects,” he said.

He also added that all six tested pos­i­tive for metham­phetamine and five of them have pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal and drug­re­lated records.

The ev­i­dence: DSP Muhamad Halim (left) and Yan Dis­trict Po­lice CID Chief ASP Zul Hairi Hamzah (right) show­ing the spark plugs that were used by the ‘Geng Subuh’ mem­bers at a press con­fer­ence in Kulim.

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